National Gardening Week – a booklist

27 April – 5 May marks the National Gardening Week, this year’s focus is on home-grown produce.
We’ve put together a list of books that will help you grow your own fruit and vegetables – even if you don’t have a garden or a balcony!

How to garden when you’re new to gardening
Edited by Emma Tennant and Jane Simmonds


Let the RHS guide you through the surprisingly simple steps to creating a garden you can enjoy with your friends, and even show off to them. Are you surrounded by weeds? Is your lawn forlorn? Are the bushes deceased? Fear not! ‘How To Garden When You’re New To Gardening’ shows you the basics to get your green space under control and keep it that way. With the expertise of the RHS, this book gives simple step by step instructions, with clear images to help you build your dream garden, no matter the size and scale. Take the pain out of planting, potting, and pruning and enjoy your precious patch of land. 

Can anything stop slugs? a gardener’s collection of pesky problems and surprising solutions
by Guy Barter


The RHS’s Chief Horticultural Advisor, Guy Barter, provides expert advice, responding to the questions posed by thousands of gardeners every year. This entertaining and informative guide provides a wealth of information on a range of common problems encountered in a garden – as well as some slightly more unusual ones.

Grow, harvest, cook: from artichokes to zucchinis, gardening advice, storage tips and 280 delicious recipes
by Meredith Kirton & Mandy Sinclair

Illustrated throughout, this text offers fresh and simple seasonal recipes for more than 90 different types of fruit, vegetables and nuts, alongside gardening and harvesting tips for growing your own produce.

Grow your own cake: recipes from plot to plate
by Holly Farrell & Jason Ingram

The veg plot and fruit garden are the new starting points for the healthiest, best cakes – and with this book you can grow and bake the tastiest cakes with most of the ingredients not far from your fingertips, all the way from sowing the seeds to cutting the cake.

Grow your own vegetables in pots and containers
by Paul Peacock

This book is aimed at the majority of us who live in terraced houses, high rise flats, town houses and semi-detached properties with a small garden and often nowhere to grow but the patio. It shows how to make the most of pots and planters; how to plan for a reasonable yield; and how never to run out of at least something to special eat.You might not have all the space in the world, but you can enjoy all the flavour in the world. With the step-by-step instructions in this book you will be able to grow, nurture and harvest your own fruit, vegetables and herbs in a range of pots and containers, including recycled ones such as plastic milk bottles, and kitchen sinks.

Grow your own: how to be an urban farmer
by Angus Stewart & Simon Leake

This volume shows how to grow food in city environments. Urban environments require specific techniques to optimise growing conditions for plants and this book will give simple step by step methods and information that will enable the average city dweller to grow food plants and create their own fertiliser from their kitchen scraps to whatever scale their time and resources permit.

🌻🌺🌹🌼Happy gardening!🥕🍓🥒🍅

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2 thoughts on “National Gardening Week – a booklist”

  1. Borrowed a book on gardening from you, soft bound and full of hints on what doesn’t need doing – written by a woman. It was great – but I did not make a note of her name and cannot trace it it now. I borrowed it about 18 months/2 years ago from Alresford Library.and would love to read it again. Can you help?

    1. Thank you for reaching out,
      If you use this form, and make sure you give your library card number and as much details of the books as possible, we will try and find it for you:

      Alternatively, you can login to ‘Your Account’ on our website, and you can have a look at your previous loan history there.

      Hampshire Libraries

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